March 30, 2012

Quote of the Day

But the health care law's troubles shed some further light on the crisis of American progressivism and the blue social model it has built. Those who believe in the blue model and want to extend it have lost their touch; the dream machines of the blue social engineers don't sail serenely across the azure sky anymore. Think of the various carbon exchanges and environmental planetary schemes; think of high speed rail proposals like California's $100 billion train to bankruptcy; think of Obamacare. These days the experts, "social entrepreneurs" and smart young blue twenty somethings fresh out of the Ivy League whomp up social programs with as much verve and dedication as their New Deal and Great Society predecessors, but the new Dreamliners don't take off. At most they roll around the runway, emitting clouds of noxious smoke; wings fall off, windows pop out, turbines misfire and the tires go flat. -- Walter Russell Mead (Whole thing read must!)
Hat-tip Insty. In an Instavision interview, Professor Mead admits he voted for President Obama, which surprised me because he has been consistently critical.

Oh well, even "our Margaret" has wiped the scales from her eyes

Health Care Posted by John Kranz at March 30, 2012 11:39 AM

I posted this article on Facebook as well. It will be interesting to see what my lefty friends will say. (The first critique was stylistic and perhaps correct: the good professor might have stepped too deeply into the metaphor pool.)

Posted by: jk at March 30, 2012 12:43 PM

Speaking of "the crisis of American progressivism..." Keith Olberman fired today by Current TV.

In his forty weeks on Current TV, Mr. Olbermann had an average of 177,000 viewers at 8 p.m., down from the roughly one million that he had each night on MSNBC. Just 57,000 of those viewers on any given night were between the ages of 25 and 54, the coveted advertising demographic for cable news. Still, Mr. Olbermann ranked as the highest-rated program on Current, as Mr. Hyatt acknowledged earlier this month.
Posted by: johngalt at March 30, 2012 6:18 PM

The cruel vicissitudes of the free market.

Posted by: jk at March 30, 2012 6:49 PM | What do you think? [3]